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Explore the world of Vera, a teenage domestic worker, through letters written to her best friend Ruth Plunkett in the 1920s and 1930s. This innovative and interactive program explores how storytelling and creative ideas are used as a tool to stimulate conversation, share opinions and expose students to the basics of archival research. Students will take part in individual and group writing exercises and presentations that use historical content to explore contemporary themes, including fashion, music, communications and social media.

Booking Information

  • For grades 7 – 12.
  • Program is free and lasts 60-75 minutes.
  • Book on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9:30 a.m. – noon or 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Program is offered in-person at the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd. or virtually on the WebEx platform.
  • For in-person programs the minimum group size is 10 participants and maximum group size is 30 participants.
  • Ontario Curriculum Connections: Drama, Arts, Literature, History and Communications.
  • All programming can be customized for ESL (English as second language) classes and community groups.
  • For more information or to book, please email



32 Collegeview Ave.
Toronto Ontario
July 11/30

Dearest Ruth,
I received your nice little letter last Thursday when I came in to Toronto. I suppose you wonder why I have not answered it long ago, well you see I am on my holidays, have been away for the past three weeks, you see I just come into the city on my Thurs. afternoon off. I am at home today so I received your letter.

Copy of handwritten letter
Letter to Ruth Plunkett from Vera Harley
July 11, 1930
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 391, File 26